Campaign links: Jonathan George (D-IN-9)
Jonathan David George
Jonathan George Congressional Candidate Indiana District 9
Biography of Jonathan George from the Committee to Elect Jonathan George to Congress
He’s One of Us…A Native Indiana Son
A proud Hoosier of seven generations, Jonathan lives with his wife Kelly and their three children on a farm near Bedford, Indiana. While growing up in a small town in rural Lawrence County, Jonathan played high school basketball and helped out on the family farm. He learned the value of hard work and self reliance at an early age, working as a union welder to save up money for his college tuition. After finishing a double major in agronomy and education, Jonathan lived out of his truck so that he could purchase his first farmland in 1983. As a descendent of the last Comanche Chief Quanah Parker on his mother’s side, Jonathan is one-quarter Native American and a member of the Comanche Nation.
Acts on Indiana Values; Answers the Call to Serve
At the height of the Cold War, Jonathan felt a powerful calling to serve our country. He joined the U.S. Air Force in 1981 and was selected to fly the highly classified U-2 spy plane. Jonathan was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for heroism and the Koren Kolligian Trophy for meritorious flight after he saved a severely disabled U-2 at grave personal risk.
Takes Indiana Common Sense to Washington
Jonathan was selected by President Reagan to be a White House Fellow in 1988. Jonathan was appointed as an aide to Secretary of Agriculture Richard Lyng, and he played a key role in drafting agricultural trade legislation that protected the interests of Indiana farmers and agriculture workers.
Trusted Leadership in Peace and War
Following his service at the Department of Agriculture, Jonathan earned a Masters at the Harvard Kennedy School. Trusted with rapidly increasing levels of responsibility, he was promoted to Colonel six years early and to Brigadier General in 2006. He commanded the first B-2 Stealth Bomber squadron and two Air Force wings, managing 12,000 personnel with an economic impact of more than 3 billion dollars. Jonathan also led 10,700 troops training Afghanistan’s security forces and over 16,000 workers at the nation’s premiere Department of Energy research laboratories.
From Deep Indiana Roots to Tested American Statesman
Jonathan’s respected record of competent, bipartisan leadership soon earned him the attention of the Obama Administration, and he was appointed as a member of the National Security Staff in 2007. His knowledge of cutting edge technologies informed policy discussions on job creation, technology investment, and science and technology education. Jonathan also advised the Administration on key national security decisions and the challenges facing our veterans. As a statesman, he made our country more secure from nuclear disaster by coordinating negotiations with Russia on the new Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty and briefing President Obama.
Comes Home To Work For You: Indiana First, America Always
When the U.S. Air Force offered Jonathan his second star, he decided to return home instead. After three decades serving our country in uniform, Jonathan wanted to return to his roots, give his children the opportunity to grow up on the family farm, and serve Indiana. Hoosiers need an effective statesman to fight for their interests in Washington, and Jonathan is the right man for the job. A proven leader, he will bring maturity and experience to the issues Hoosiers care about: jobs, education, investing in our future, fighting for seniors and veterans, and putting Indiana common sense back into our government.